*LAST CHANCE* Adult Connecting & Learning Opportunities at UUCM

New Adult Connecting & Learning Opportunities at UUCM for Fall 2020 and Beyond (in Collaboration with Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship and UU Congregation Eau Claire)

COVID-19 is providing an exciting opportunity for UUCM to partner with 2 neighboring congregations: Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship in Bloomington, MN and UU Congregation in Eau Claire, WI. Together, we are offering a range of online programs to help deepen connections to yourself, your faith, your values and your UU friends. These include:

Please click on each title above to see the descriptions and registration details for the offering(s) that interests you. Additional programming is being planned and will be communicated on UUCM Happenings and in the Friday Update. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Adult Education Ministry facilitator: Stephanie Siewert stephaniejsiewert@gmail.com

Adult Education: Soul Matters Small Groups

SOUL MATTERS are groups of 5-8 committed participants who come together once a month, from October – May, with a trained facilitator to nurture spiritual growth in community and engage more deeply with our monthly themes through deep listening and open-hearted sharing.

At the beginning of each month, participants will receive a packet of materials based upon the month’s worship theme. From these materials, each participant chooses one spiritual exercise and one deep question to sit with for the course of a month. At the end of the month, participants will gather with their small group to share their experiences of the spiritual exercise, of contemplating their question, and to reflect on the theme. See below for dates and registration. Continue reading →

Adult Education: My Grandmother’s Hands, Fall Session

My Grandmother’s Hands: Using embodied practices as tools for healing racialized trauma (7 weekly sessions Oct-Nov) – click here to register

This 7-week online series uses Resmaa Menakem’s book, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies as a method for people of all races and ethnicities to understand how white-body supremacy is reinforced in the US and provides a healing process.

While this program will involve reading and some discussion, there will be  emphasis on the body-centered practices contained in the book. Menakem writes: “If you see white supremacy as a belief system or ideology, in this book you will discover only a fraction of it exists in our cognitive brains. For the most part, white supremacy lives in our bodies.” This course will provide insight and tools to help you understand and constructively deal with the embodied aspects of racism. Continue reading →

Adult Education: Memoir-Writing As A Spiritual Practice

In this online monthly gathering, we’ll examine life through the lens of our own sacred stories. When we examine our lives we find the star stuff and the detritus; we discover patterns and meaning emerges. There will be a chance to write and a time to share, if desired. Facilitated by Rev. Julianne Lepp.

Offered Mondays 6:30-8:00pm on: September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14 and January 11

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/EauClaireMemoir Continue reading →

Adult Education: Black Film Series

Black Film Series: This online monthly film series centers black filmmakers telling their stories. Seeing and understanding the world through the black experience is one way to undermine white supremacy and advance racial healing. You will watch the movie on your own and then come prepared to discuss it with the group.

First Monday of each month October – April from 6:30-8:00 pm

Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7, Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, April 5

Co-facilitated by Revs. Andrea Johnson, Laura Thompson and Julianne Lepp. To register and receive email updates/zoom links for monthly films: https://tinyurl.com/MVUUFBlackFilm Continue reading →